Spots in Nakatsu / Yabakei / Kunisaki Area

  • Usa-jingu Shrine
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    4.5
    344 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Usashi Minamiusa 2859
    This Shinto shrine is famous for being the head shrine of all 40 thousand Hachiman shrines in Japan dedicated to Emperor Ojin as the god Hachiman in a syncretic belief system which combines elements of Buddhism. Enshrining Hachiman as well as Hime and Empress Jingu, the shrine was founded in 725. The grounds are spacious, and the main shrine building, a National Treasure, is divided between an upper building located on a hill and a lower building located at the base. The first hall of the upper building is believed to provide luck with money and business; the second and third are believed to provide luck with love and easy childbirth.

    Head of all shrines across Japan well respected by the Japanese royal family and considered sacred by many. Very quiet on my day of visit in July with just a few tourists. A relaxed and...

  • African Safari
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    4.5
    293 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Usashi Ajimumachiminamihata 2-1755-1
    This is Kyushu’s only safari park and one of Japan’s largest, where 1,300 animals of 70 varieties are raised in conditions close to natural. There is an “animal zone” where visitors can observe lions and tigers from a jungle bus or their own car, and a “petting zone” where one can do horse riding or pet small animals, allowing one to enjoy the various aspects and charms of the animals.

    It was a great half day experience there. We were given a tray of animals food to feed them including for kind ones like reindeers and fierce ones like bears and lions. Other than the safari tour...

  • Nakatsu Castle (Okudaira Clan Historical Museum)
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    4.0
    176 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ninjitsu City, Oita Pref.
    Nakatsu Castle formed with fortification of the mouth of the Yamakunigawa River (currently the Takasegawa River) by Kuroda Kanbei. Since the fortress takes the shape of a folding fan, it also takes the name “Ogi Castle,” “ogi” meaning folding fan in Japanese. Following this, it was occupied by the Hosokawa, Ogasawara, and Okudaira clans. The castle tower was rebuilt in 1964 and now houses exhibits of swords, clothing and historical documents related to the Okudaira clan.

    Nakatsu Castle is, beside Fukuzawa Yukichi’s former residence, certainly the main tourist attraction in Nakatsu. However, the exhibit inside is much similar to that of other castles, and there is...

  • Ao-no-domon
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    4.0
    132 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Nakatsushi Honyabakeimachisogi
    In the Edo period a Zenkai high priest who was grieved at men and horses losing their lives on the perilous road, spent 30 years carving out a tunnel with just chisel and hammer together with his masons. It is said that this tale was the basis of Kan Kikuchi’s novel “Beyond Love and Hate.” Even today, in one part of the tunnel the remaining marks of the chisel work can be seen.

    Ao Cave is well known thanks to the novel “Onshuno Kanatani”, written by Kikuchi Kan. The novel is based on a real story of a bonze who dug the tunnel for local people. I had expected a very...

  • Kumano Magaibutsu
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    4.0
    114 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Bungotakadashi Tashibuhirano
    A group of stone carvings made into bare rock in the late Heian period (794–1185) which are believed to be the oldest Buddhist imagery in the nation. There are two carvings—an eight meter tall image of Fudo Myoo (Acala, the God of Fire) and a 7.7 meter tall image of Dainichi-nyorai (Vairocana); both are among the largest such Magaibutsu (Buddhist imagery carved into bare stone) in the country and are nationally designated Important Cultural Properties and as well as a Historic Site. In order to view the statues, it is necessary to climb a steep set of stone steps; accordingly, visitors are encouraged to wear comfortable footwear. Walking stick rentals are also available. The figures may be viewed until evening.

    Following Fukiji-oodou we visited Kumano-magaibutsu (stone Buddhist statues carved on rock) not far away. These statues date back to the late Heian period, probably 11th to 12th century, and is the...

  • Fuki-ji Temple
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    4.5
    107 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Bungotakadashi Tashibufuki 2395
    A Tendai Buddhist temple standing silently along Prefectural Route 655 in Bungotakada City. Erected in the Heian period (794–1185) as a shrine in the Usa Jingu Shrine complex, the temple’s principle object of worship, a seated wooden figure of Amitabha Tathagatta, is designated an Important Cultural Property. Together with the Phoenix Hall at the Byodoin and the Golden Hall at the Chuson-ji Temple, the temple’s Great Hall is counted one of the three most outstanding halls devoted to an image of Amitabha in Japan. Designated a National Treasure, the Great Hall is also the oldest wooden structure in Kyushu. The Fukinotou inn adjoining the Great Hall for those looking to have a quiet and relaxing stay.

    Beautiful amazingly preserved temple, well not entirely - there are spots on the walls with graffiti made by local kids who used it as their playground in the 1950s but it makes it all the more...

  • Showa no Yumemachi 3 Chome-kan
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    4.0
    102 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Bungotakada-shi Shinmachi 989-1
    A theme park located in Shin-machi, Bungotakada City. Centering on the Showa Roman-gura, a remodeled kura storehouse which once belonged to the wealthy Nomura merchant family, facilities include a recreation of a Showa 30s (1955-1965) period Japanese town; a museum dedicated to Showa period toys; and teamLab Gallery Showa-no-Machi, an art installation created by the teamLab digital art collective. There's also a restaurant housed inside of a repurposed early Showa period rice granary.

    Bungotakeda is famous for its conservation of old shopping streets. “The miracle of general store Namiya”, a hit movie, was shot in this town. The streets are actually not very vibrant, but the shops...

  • Roadside Station Nakatsu
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Transportation
    Oita Pref. Nakatsushi Kaku 814
    A roadside station standing on the Nakatsu bypass in Kaku, Nakatsu City. The station boasts the largest farmer’s market of any roadside station in the prefecture, and here visitors can purchase agricultural products, meats, dairy, and seafood. Dining establishments include a set meal section, karaage fried chicken section, and sweets and café section, and station visitors can enjoy daggertooth pike conger, a local specialty product, and other seafood delights; Nakatsu’s famous karaage fried chicken; coffee and sweet sets; and more.

    国道10号線、中津市加来の上り線側にある平成26にできた比較的新しい道の駅です。駐車場も広く、大型車用の駐車場も完備されていました。地場産品の販売所や飲食店もありましたが、平均的な道の駅だと思います。

  • Shinyabakei Hitome Hakkei (eight different views at a glance)
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    4.0
    41 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Nakatsushi Yabakeimachishinyaba
    This is a ravine of broad leaf forest and open rugged rock tuff. Its name derives from the fact one can see eight stone peaks including Tobisuyama, Meotoiwa, and Oshikanagaonomine. One can enjoy seasonal scenery from the fresh green of early summer to the reds of autumn, but it is the autumn which is most beautiful. A stream of visitors come to see the beautiful natural shapes formed by the contrast of red, gold and remaining green leaves against the black of stone. A public parking facility lies just a five-minute walk away.

    I have visited this place only for once, but it was ver good to vie it in the early morning. As I was a environment freak, I have enjoyed the nature present here.

  • Ajimu Budoushu Koubou
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    4.0
    40 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Usashi Ajimumachishimoge 798
    A winery located in Shimoge, Ajimu-machi, Usa City. The winery takes advantage of the extreme differences between day and night time temperatures (a feature of the Ajimu’s climate) to cultivate grapes and produce wines. Visitors can view the winery’s vineyard and wine production area and also taste and purchase the company’s wines. The winery also holds events such as a new wine festival in fall and a barrel opening event in spring.

    The blush of autumn has at last fallen over northern Kyushu, and its denizens are freeing themselves from the yoke of the air conditioner to put on their best outdoor clothing and take to the...

  • Yamaga Onsen Kaze no Sato
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    4.0
    39 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Pref. Kitsukishi Yamagamachikuranari 3003
    A hot spring inn located in Kuranari, Yamaga-machi, Kitsuki City. The inn’s bathhouse is open to non-guests, as well; facilities include an open and airy large outdoor bath, two indoor bath areas (The men and women’s bath alternate daily) and barrel bath constantly replenished “kakenagashi” style. The inn’s restaurant, dedicated to using ingredients from Oita, is also open to non-guests and during lunchtime the establishment serves Japanese set meals and noodles.

    Relaxing ryokan located in rural surroundings in Kitsuki Peninsula. Close to many shrines, as this place was one of the places where Buddhism was imported into Japan. Comfortable rooms with aircon...

  • Goganji Temple (Red Wall Temple)
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    3.5
    39 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Nakatsu-shi Teramachi 973
    This Seizan Pure Land Buddhist temple, a six-minute walk from Nakatsu Station and a 60-minute drive from the Hita Interchange, is situated in between the Shoganji Temple and Hondenji Temple a little south of the center of the Tera-machi district. Records state the temple was established by the daimyo Kuroda Yoshitaka and founded by the priest Kuyo. The temple's nickname of the Red Wall Temple is derived from the red wall on the border of the temple's grounds, helping the temple stand out even among the many temples in the area. According to legend, during the Warring States period, local influential lord Kii Shigefusa and his retainers died in battle, and the walls of the temple, which were covered in their blood, will turn red even if painted a different color.

    There is a mysterious legend that the wall of this temple turned out red, whenever it was painted in white. It is said that this is the color of killed samurais who was defending in this temple, as...

  • Higashi Shiiya Falls
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    4.0
    32 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Usashi Ajimumachihigashishiya
    "A waterfall located in Higashishiiya, Ajimu-machi, Usa City. Dropping straight down 85 meters, the waterfall resembles Kegon Falls in Nikko and is thus also known as the ""Kyushu Kegon."" The falls contrast beautifully with the surrounding spring verdure and autumn foliage of the vally and has even been chosen as the 100 elections of the waterfall in Japan."

    We cycled here from Beppu having brought our tandem with us to Japan. It’s a slow uphill climb but the incline never becomes very steep it’s just constant. 2 km from the main road at a well signed...

  • Oita Prefectural Museum of History
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    4.5
    25 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Pref. Usashi Takamori Kyotozuka
    Located inside the Usa Fudoki no Oka history park, the museum preserves and exhibits materials with a focus on Cultural Properties connected to Oita. Visitors can view full sized models of the Fuki-ji Temple and Usuki Stone Buddhas, designated National Treasures, as well as artefacts excavated from Mengahira Tomb. The nearest bus stops are Oitakenritsu-rekishihakubutsukan-mae and Fudoki-no-oka-iriguchi.

    We visited Ooita Prefectural Museum of History opened in 1998 to get some background knowledge of the places we intended to visit. It certainly was worth the three hundred ten yen admission fee. In...

  • Dagashiya no Yume Museum
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    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Oita Bungotakada-shi Shinmachi 1007-5 Showa Roman Kura
    "This museum operates out of an old storehouse redolent with the atmosphere of Japan's bygone Showa period. A ""dagashiya"" is a type of small, cheap candy/toy shop found all over Japan, and this museum's standing exhibition of some 50 thousand items primarily consists of toys sold at dagashiya in the late 1950s and early 60s. For those who lived it, the museum will bring waves of nostalgia, while for those who didn't, the items on display will seem novel and unique. Both types of people will find time going by in an instant as they view the various retro exhibits. In addition, the museum offers a free, multilingual audio guide you can access from your smartphone. At this rare facility, you can feel like you've gone back in time to Showa Japan."

    This is a museum, which displays mainly toys of the years 60’s and 70’s. For many Japanese it is the great time of economical development. So, these displays recall them a past glory. For young...

  • Isoya-tei
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    4.0
    16 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Kitsuki-shi Kitsuki 211-1
    "This samurai residence, a five-minute drive from the Kitsuki Interchange on the Oita Airport Road, stands at the top of the Kanjoba no Saka road in Kitsuki City's Kitadai area. The residence was used as part of the ""rakuju-tei"" residences officially used as rest and relaxation spaces by the local domain's feudal lords. Today, the residence' entranceway, tatami mat parlor, and three tearooms still remain in their original state. The residence was remodeled several times but always with a focus on superb hospitality as a relaxation space, and this can be seen in part in the calculated beauty of the residence' garden, of which each of the residence' windows offers a difference scenic view."

    This was the nearest site to the castle, right under the hill. The fun part for me was: there were two samurai swords and an ancient musical instrument which I was allowed to touch and photograph...

  • Kitsuki Castle Town Museum
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Kitsuki-shi Minamikitsuki 193-1
    This museum, a five-minute drive from the Kitsuki Interchange on the Oita Airport Road, is located in Kitsuki City's Kitadai area and introduces the history of the area. The museum collects and preserves cultural properties and historically valuable materials; engages in research and excavations; and presents its findings to the public through its exhibits. A 3D diorama in the first floor lobby reveals the structure of the former castle town; an elaborately-decorated coach used in the local Tenjin Festival is also displayed here. The second floor is dedicated to samurai culture and lifestyles and displays records from the town's government office as well as items which reveal the culture of the townspeople. On the third floor, visitors can learn about Kitsuki kabuki, industry, folklore, and cultural properties through videos.

    The museum itself does not have any English, but it is a wonderful museum with pictures of old Kitsuki and also the surrounding area. There are three floors and the third floor seems to be a rotating...

  • Tororo-no-yu
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Nakatsu-shi Yabakei Machi Yamautsuri 5927
    "This day-use hot spring bathhouse is just a short distance down the road forking south from the Osugi Iwamoto-shi-taku-mae bus stop. The waters of the bathhouse' natural alkaline simple spring are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain and stiff shoulders, as well as to beautify the skin. The bathhouse has two indoor bathing areas, one with a stone bath and one with a hinoki cypress bath; which is the men's area and which the women's alternates on a monthly basis. The bathhouse also has two outdoor baths, one a rock bath and one a ""goemonburo"" bath filled with cold water. There's also the Tororoan restaurant on the grounds, which serves cuisine primarily made using local heritage chicken, such as charcoal broiled chicken. The bathhouse is also replete with parking, making it easily accessible by car."

    山奥の小さな温泉と食事処です。今回は温泉に来たので食事は他の方々のコメントを参考にされてください。食事の会計窓口で料金(400円)を支払います。温泉は小さくカランが4つしかありません。月ごとに男女が入れ替えになるようです。内湯は寒かったせいか温度設定が高かったですが、個人的には熱い湯が好きなので最高に気持ちが良かった。一方、露天はぬるめですが、のんびりゆっくり浸かるにはピッタリです。山の景色を眺め...

  • Iwatoji Temple
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Kunisaki-shi Kunisakimachi Iwatoji 1232
    This ancient Tendai Buddhist temple, a 40-minute drive from the Oita Airport, is located on the northeast side of the Kunisaki Peninsula and is believed to have been founded by the priest Ninmon in 718. The statues of Ninmon on the approach to the temple are said to have been created in the Muromachi period and to be the oldest stone statues of the priest in Japan. Kunisakito vase-shaped stone pagodas on lotus pedestals, which are unique to Kunisaki, can be found behind the temple; their lotus pedestals are believed to have been made in the Kamakura period. The temple holds the Shujo Onie, a traditional fire festival to welcome the coming of spring, on the seventh day of the lunar New Year in odd-numbered years (on even-numbered years, the festival is held at the Jobutsuji Temple).

    幕司如来が本尊、立派な仁王像もあります。上への登り口には茅葺の講堂もあり、風情があります。是非立ち寄りたいお寺の一つです。

  • Ebisudani Onsen
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Oita Bungotakada-shi Ebisu 1851-1
    This day-use hot spring bathhouse is situated deep in the mountains and is surrounded by lush forest. The bathhouse makes use of a cloudy, dark reddish-brown sulfate spring, a type of spring which is almost unseen in Oita Prefecture. The bathhouse has separate men's and women's indoor and outdoor baths which are outfitted with handrails for customer comfort. One of the nice things about the bathhouse is that customers can enjoy a quiet, relaxing soak while taking in natural beauty. The waters of the bathhouse' spring are said to treat not only nerve pain and cuts, but also chronic skin diseases and even hardening of the arteries, and many come here to engage in therapeutic hot spring bathing.

    訪問したところ、源泉の故障なのか?閉鎖中で近所の方に確認したところ、ボーリングのやりなおしか?ポンプの交換なのかは不明との事。日帰り湯の方は近くの温泉(国東市の渓泉かあかねの郷をお勧めします。)

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A trip to Oita is tantamount to a long soak in the Beppu baths. The mountainous, coastal prefecture of Oita is renowned for having more onsen than any other prefecture in Japan, most of which lie in the city of Beppu on the west coast of Kyushu, recognizable by its pungent sulphuric aroma and the clouds of steam that puff up across the hillside. Away from the Beppu hot springs await mountains, waterfalls, and temples, so don't hesitate to explore Oita a little further.

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